Saturday, May 24, 2008

At Your Right Hand

May 24: Psalm 108-110

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
12 Oh grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the salvation of man!
13 With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.
Psalm 108:10-13

26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
27 Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!

30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.
Psalm 109:26-27 & 30-31

5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
Psalm 110:5-6

At Your Right Hand

These are very interesting Psalms to read after the disastrous account we read yesterday when David called for the numbering of the people. The Psalms shown above demonstrate the trust David had in God to overcome their enemies.

The Psalms of David, such as those shown above, help us to see into the inward, as well as outward, struggles David faced. In Psalm 108, we find David wrestling with the Lord, pleading for help from his enemies. Even though help from God seemed to be far off, David still affirmed his faith in God.

With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes
.


It is easy to trust in the Lord when everything is going well, but how is our faith when nothing seems to go right and God seems to be far away? I find it interesting to note that in Psalm 109, David's cry for help is for God's name to be honored.

26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
27 Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!


What a statement of faith we see demonstrated by David in Psalm 110.

5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth
.


For a man of war, it was obvious that he rested his strength in God, and not in the strength of numbers. These Psalms help us to understand yesterday's reading much better. It was truly not typical of David to require that his people be numbered; he, typically, found his only strength and help in the Lord.

I think these Psalms are especially precious to those families who have spouses, sons, daughters, fathers, or mothers fighting battles for their country in another nation -- or perhaps in their own nation. Pray for strength to remember that the battle is the Lord's; pray that God will preserve the life of your loved one.

For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death
.

Psalm 109:31

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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